02-14-12, 01:18 AM
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Originally Posted by TimJFowler
The disposable / reusable diaper question isn't a simple one. - Oh Poop! Part Deux | EcoDaddyo.com
. We went with disposable, which fills up the landfill, but is a lower-energy / resource use answer where we live.
Thanks for that article. I've never seen a comparison on that level.
Among the reasons we are going with cloth nappies are:
- We calculated that it comes out cheaper - the break even point is ~6 months (not counting water/energy for washing). Since this is our first little monster, it's hard to guestimate exactly how much water/energy will cost, but I doubt it would add more than 3-4 months to the break even.
- We read that kids brought up in cloth diapers tend to start using the potty at an earlier age, reducing the total laundry loads needed.
- Disposables have more chemicals, both for bleaching and for absorbing moisture. These can cause rashes and other fun things.
- Disposables allow less ventilation, which also leads to rashes. From what we read about reusables, when you use cloth diapers you will hardly need ointments and creams.
- Disposables increase the temperature inside boys' scrotums, which may lead to infertility (link).
- We will need a few disposables since the hospital doesn't allow reusables for sanitary reasons, but we've found some 'eco' diapers. They cost about 60% more, but it'll only be for a few days.
- We have a laundry additive (Bambino Mio Fresh) which kills bacteria in just 30°C, so we won't have to wash in the 60°-95°C that our parents did, or at least not every load.
- Line drying is our only option.
- If we have a second kid, then the diapers will be used again.
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